Monday, June 27, 2005

Comics

As a kid I remember getting hold of 'Mayur' a Kannada monthly whenever my mom bought it and reading the comic strip 'Putti'. It was the Kannada version of 'Pinki' by Pran.

Pran was the first Indian to introduce comics with Indian characters in 1960.

I used to read a lot of 'Pinki' stories, and a few Chacha-Chaudhary ones. The place I lived as a kid (Bagalkot) had only one store which used to sell comic books and he used to sell only Pinki, Phantom and Mandrake! Wish when i was a kid I had lived in a place where there were lot of shops selling comic books.

Chacha-Chaudharypinki

Other sources of comics when i was a kid were newspapers, which used to carry Phantom and Henry (the kid with the shaved head).

Anyway now that I am in Bangalore and have some pocket money of my own to spare, I can indulge in buying some comic books. I regularly buy 'Tinkle' and will buy more of Pran's comics.

Read more about Pran at: http://www.lambiek.net/pran.htm
and about Diamond comics at: http://www.diamondcomic.com

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

IT in rural areas

A post on karthik's blog discusses about a computer kiosk established in the slums of Delhi. The kids learnt to use the computer without any guidance in a few days.

But should the government spend money on improving the IT infrastructure in villages when the basic infrastructure is lacking? No doubt spreading the information is essential, but there are more cost effective ways of doing this: For example Krishi Darshan on Air India and Doordarshan provide comprehensive information regarding the weather, prices and so on to the farmers.

Similarly the government spends lakhs of rupees (or any big IT company funds) on providing a few PCs to a few schools, but is the PC so essential, when there are schools which lack buildings and teachers?

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Two more pictures

I have posted two new pictures at my photo blog.